Hawkwind Road to Utopia, new album with Mike Batt, Eric Clapton

News today from Prog/Louder.com:
"Hawkwind have announced that their new studio album will be released later this year. Titled Road To Utopia, it will launch on September 14 on CD and LP and sees the band hook up with songwriter and conductor Mike Batt to reimagine a selection of Hawkwind classics with an orchestral flourish. The tracklist includes Quark, Strangeness And Charm, We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago, Psychic Power and The Watcher – the latter featuring a guest appearance from Eric Clapton."

Here & Now

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Cutting their teeth in Ladbroke Grove and on the UK's free festival circuit, Here & Now gained notoriety for their collaboration with Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth of Gong.

Founded: 1974

Location: London, England

Website: BeHereNow Homepage

High Tide

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From the onset, High Tide garnered attention; the band had a publishing deal with Apple Corps and was managed by Doug Smith's Clearmountain Productions. Their two albums on Liberty/United Artists are undisputed classic proto-prog albums. Simon House would later join Hawkwind, while Peter Pavli was a member of Rustic Hinge.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: Tony Hill's Fiction

Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet (Tropical Version Brazil)

Brazilian version, led by guitarist Fabio Golfetti, with Renato Mello on keyboards and Claudio Souza on drums. See Violeta De Outno

Founded: 1993

Location: São Paulo, Brasil

Website: Violeta de Outono & Invisible Opera Company of Brazil


Notable for members Tom Newman (producer), and John Field and Tony Duhig, both later in Jade Warrior.

Founded: 1968

Location: Ealing, England

Kevin Ayers film planned?

This just in, campaign may start in autumn:
A teaser for the crowdfunding project "Why are we sleeping? A film about Kevin Ayers" by Dirk Fleiter & Leif Karpe

Kevin Ayers, R.I.P.

Founding member of the Soft Machine, and one of the most original artists of the progressive era, Kevin Ayers sadly passed away today at age 69.

Krankschaft 3

Krankschaft have a new studio album out, original tunes from Steve Pond and a previously unheard track written by Bob Calvert. Highest recommendations!

Mabel Greer's Toyshop

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A precursor to Yes (and post-Syn), the band was revived in 2014 by originals Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger, with Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. Both songs "Beyond And Before" and "Sweetness" appeared on the first Yes album.

Founded: 1966

Location: London, England

Website: Maybel Greer's Toyshop


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Wales' favorite sons, Man rose to fame as a live act in the early 70s. As with any band on the United Artists label, the Manband are top shelf rock band.

Founded: 1968

Location: Swansea, Wales

Website: The Man Homepage